I have been afforded a unique opportunity to visit Asia, more specifically the Philippines, to learn more about how others view and practice budgeting. Having spent my entire career in Oregon, my only perspective on budgeting processes has been what the State of Oregon has deemed as appropriate. In Oregon, we pride ourselves on transparency and citizen involvement. Sometimes I forget that others don’t always have a voice in the process.
As my departure date gets closer and I start to worry about the logistics of my trip, my excitement grows in knowing that I will be making new friends and colleagues in the next two weeks that will make a lasting impression on how I view my job and the world around me.